What I’m Reading

Happy Labor Day! (I admit to looking this up to make sure Labor Day is about what it sounds like it’s about. It’s not a holiday you spend much time talking about in elementary school.)

To celebrate this glorious three-day weekend, I’m enjoying a grande iced chai latte (possibly my last until next year, now that salted caramel mochas are back on the menu at Starbucks) and catching up on a few of my favorite blogs.

I met Claudia Mair briefly when she came to Taylor to talk about writing. I love her outside-the-box personality, and her writing reflects that. To my shame, I’ve only read one of her books (Zora and Nicky), but I’ve never forgotten how much I loved it. It was not fluffy, make-you-feel-good Christian fiction. But it did have a powerful message. When I found out she was starting a blog, I got super excited. She’s only got a few posts up, but I can’t wait to see more.

The Small Things Blog
From My Grey Desk
I’m putting these two together because the bloggers are sisters. The Small Things blog is written by a hairstylist (I have serious hair envy! I even took her picture with me last time I got a cut.) I’d describe them both as fashion blogs, and I’m addicted. I can’t get enough of fashion blogs lately. (Sorry to all my male readers—you can probably just skip over these. Unless, of course, you want really great gift ideas).

Goins, Writer
This is the second time I’ve posted about Jeff’s blog. I’ve since decided he’s not as much like Seth Godin as I thought. But he does use some of the same language and he totally challenges my writing. I love him because he’s one of those writers who writes because he loves it, not necessarily just because he has something to say. And I’ve discovered that is the perfect recipe for quality writing.

No doubt I’ll also get around to working on a few of the books on my list before the day’s over.

What Your Childhood Memories Say About You by Dr. Kevin Leman
This is one of those free books that’s been sitting on my Kindle since before I had one (I started collecting books about a year before I got it). It’s not a page-turner, but I’m finding it to be pretty interesting so far. I think it’s the psychology geek in me—had someone bothered to explain the concept of a minor to this girl who came from a family that knew nothing about college, I probably would have been a psychology minor.

Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day by Garry R. Morgan
This is the review book I’m working on right now. I’ve always had an interest in other religions and so far, it’s super interesting. Check back in a few weeks for a full review.

I’ve been trying really hard to get into the habit of spending time reading the Bible on a daily basis. I started with the reading plan in Unstuck just to get in the habit of doing it every day. Now that I’m done with that, I’ve moved on to using the SOAP method to read through a reading plan my bosses came up with for the youth group this year. Tonight’s reading is John 6.

This seems like such a tiny list because, really, I have a reading addiction. Or, maybe I’m just addicted to reading materials. Every week I have to sort through all the free books I’ve downloaded and put them into the appropriate folders–contemporary fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction, writing, etc. I may or may not have over 70 books just in the contemporary fiction folder . . . And blogs? Every time I think I’m going to clean out my reader and delete the ones I skip over, I add more. Without fail.

If only there were a few extra hours built into the day designed just for reading. My lunch hour and an hour or so each evening (if it’s a good day) are just not enough! What about you—what would you use those few extra hours for?


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